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Iowa State College. Guatemala Tropical Research Center records

 Record Group — Box: 1
Identifier: RS 13/5/6

Scope and Content

This collection (1944-1949, undated) contains the records from the Guatemala Tropical Research Center including reports, correspondence, memorandums, news clippings, photographs, and publications.

Dates

  • 1944-1949, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

In 1943, the Earl E. May Seed Company of Shenandoah, Iowa, entered into an agreement with Iowa State College (University) to fund basic research into the corns and corn relatives native to Mexico and Central and South American countries in order to determine if traits from these plants could contribute to corn yields in the United States. The funding was allocated to the Department of Botany under the direction of Irving E. Melhus.



These investigations led to a conference held in Ames, Iowa, in November 1945, attended by members of the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture. At this conference the two institutions agreed to cooperate to establish a Tropical Research Center at Antigua, Guatemala. The Center was largely funded through grant monies from the Earl E. May Seed Company and all research operations were directed by Melhus. The Guatemalan national government provided plots of land and trained staff to help conduct experiments and Iowa State provided expert personnel to lead the research operations of the Center.



A formal memorandum of understanding was finalized in May 1946 and expired after five years. Studies focused on understanding the food plants native to Guatemala, particularly corn and its wild ancestor teosinte.

Extent

0.42 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Abstract

Officially established in 1946 at Antigua, Guatemala, the Iowa State College-Guatemala Tropical Research Center was a cooperative effort between Iowa State and the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture. The Center was largely funded through grant money from the Earl E. May Seed Company and all research operations were directed by Irving E. Melhus of Iowa State. The Guatemalan national government provided plots of land and trained staff to help conduct experiments and Iowa State provided expert personnel to lead the research operations of the Center. Studies focused on developing a better understanding of the food plants native to Guatemala, particularly corn and its wild ancestor teosinte. This collection contains reports, correspondence, memorandums, news clippings, photographs, and publications documenting the founding of the Center and some of the research conducted there.

Arrangement

This collection is organized alphabetically.

Items in related collections

RS 13/5. Iowa State University. Department of Botany records, 1886-2014 RS 13/5/14. Irving E. Melhus papers, 1906-2002, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2019-04-10.

Title
RS 13/5/6. Iowa State College. Guatemala Tropical Research Center records, 1944-1949, undated
Date
April 10, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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